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    City Purchases Site of El Rio, Helping to Secure Popular Bar’s Future

    The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), through the City of San Francisco’s Small Sites Program, has recently acquired the property located 3156–3158 Mission Street where the popular LGBT bar El Rio is located.

    The acquisition of the site secures the location of eight apartments and also the longtime bar’s role as an important venue for LGBTQ and Latino community and nightlife events.

    Bar owner Dawn Huston told CBS SF Bay Area, “El Rio would like to thank MEDA, their staff, and board for their willingness to invest in our business and buildings as one of their commercial spaces serving the community.”

    To learn more, see the San Francisco Bay Times cover story (November 30, 2017) about El Rio receiving Legacy Business status from the City.